Regional Foodie makes an onsite visit to Noosaville’s most popular urban farm, oyster mushroom growers, Noosa Earth, as part of FAN’s (Food and Agribusiness Network) farm and factory tours for network members.

Truth be known, it was not my first visit to Noosa Earth, having visited last year, but as part of FAN’s ongoing commitment to offer members knowledge and insight to food industries and a few new developments in the Noosa Earth space, I thought I would pop along again.

Food waste has been a hot topic of recent times, and considering we are a nation that contributes to a substantial amount of waste, you can understand why it is such a hot topic.

However, there is move towards more of an understanding about this waste and small significant things that producers, especially, are implementing to help minimise this waste.

Noosa Earth is one such producer. Noosa Earth is the ultimate in urban farming. Unassumingly located on an urban block in the industrial area of Noosaville, at first glance you would be forgiven for thinking there is not much going on.

But the vision of Michael Baulch and Simon Jones has seen this unassuming urban block turn into a hub of activity and the home to Noosa Earth and some fantastical oyster mushrooms.

Now, I do have a bit of a thing for oyster mushrooms, having had my own foray into an oyster mushroom explosion in my bathroom for a short period of time. These magical freaks of nature expand almost in front of your eyes.

Noosa Earth grows a few varieties depending on the season. Last year they were growing Pink, Phoenix and Elm varieties, but are now growing Pink and Tan, having transitioned into varieties that are better suited to current growing conditions.